Ian Paisley and his responsibility for the troubles

Irish-Rationalist

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I doubt if his victims families care that he learned Irish history and language. They're better people than Ii would be if they have forgiven him.
Would you apply the same sentiments to the relatives of those murdered by the PIRA? Or were the PIRA freedom fighters, and the Loyalists mere death squads?
 


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A new documentary series, "Spotlight on the Troubles: Secret History", commencing next Tuesday on BBC 1 at 8:30pm will present allegations that Ian Paisley Senior donated money to the UVF to fund the Silent Valley reservoir bombing. The attack, in April 1969, was intended as a false flag operation in order to falsely attribute blame to the IRA, and thus derail Terence O'Neill's plans to give civil rights concessions to nationalists.
Paisley's involvement with loyalist terrorists from the mid 1960s onwards is of course already well known and has been reported on many times before.
 

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Terence O'Neill actually said that he was "blown out of office" by the UVF bombs.
 

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Terence O'Neill actually said that he was "blown out of office" by the UVF bombs.
The ultimate irony is that the demands of the civil rights movement at the time were astonishingly modest, when looked at from the perspective of hindsight. Paisley single-handedly created the climate which allowed the Provisional IRA to be formed and then go on to create mayhem for three decades, and the concessions needed to bring their war to an end far, far exceeded what NICRA sought at the outset.
 

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The ultimate irony is that the demands of the civil rights movement at the time were astonishingly modest, when looked at from the perspective of hindsight. Paisley single-handedly created the climate which allowed the Provisional IRA to be formed and then go on to create mayhem for three decades, and the concessions needed to bring their war to an end far, far exceeded what NICRA sought at the outset.
The key words here are "from the perspective of hindsight". There's hardly a war in history would have been fought from that position.
 


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